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Will elderly embrace robot health care?
The Mercury News

Early in the new science-fiction film “Robot & Frank” (opened Friday in New York, opens Aug. 24 elsewhere), Frank, an elderly man, gets a visit from his son, Hunter. Worried about his father’s apparent decline, Hunter takes a gift out of the back of his car: a white robot with a humanlike body and a polite speaking voice. The machine, Hunter promises, will keep his dad healthy and focused — and the house clean. Frank’s not so sure: “That thing’s going to kill me in my sleep,” he worries.

But before long, the “health care” robot is cooking his meals, planting a garden and planning activities to keep his human overlord occupied.